Exhibitions/ Art Object

Yachting Near Boston, Massachussetts

The Notman Photographic Company, Boston (1880–1890) and
ca. 1880
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 16 x 23.3 cm (6 5/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
McCord Museum, Montreal
Not on view
In these two yachting scenes, several layers of artifice—the calculated informality of the poses; the seamless blending of studio set and painted background; details such as a tilted deck, a flapping sail, a hand securing a hat against the wind—coalesce into a marvelous naturalism that belies the pictures’ cobbled-together construction.
Per provenance report, purchased from the Associated Screen News Ltd in 1956. The Associated Screen News Ltd acquired William Notman & Son Photographic Studio based in Montreal in 1935. Reproduced in Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne's exhibition catalogue "Les photographies composites de William Notman / Stanley G. Triggs ; [traduction, Bérengère de Guernon] = The composite photographs of William Notman / Stanley G. Triggs ; [translation, Bérengère de Guernon]," (Montréal: Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne = McCord Museum of Canadian History, 1994), p. 114.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 34, pp. 56, 214.